Ceramics and Châteaus: Discover Genteel Gien

Ceramics and Châteaus: Discover Genteel Gien

There’s little doubt that an essential element of all barge holidays in France is being able to dock at the myriad towns and villages that line the waterways and entice visitors in with their charms. As part of the itinerary of the hotel barge Renaissance, guests will be able to see the sights of Gien, renowned for its pottery and royal château.
Finding your Bearings

 

Prior to diving into the town, it is well worth disembarking on the south bank to take in the attractions of Gien all at once: from this vantage point, you can savour the spectacle of the river as it passes below the eighteenth-century bridge, under the watchful gaze of the sixteenth-century château.

Not even the loss of much of Gien’s historic buildings during World War II can detract from the pleasant view. Indeed, the painstaking and very convincing post-war reconstruction has done much to bury these ghosts of the past.

Marvel at Gien’s Pottery

Cultural exploration is an integral part of our barge holidays. In France, there are always abundant opportunities for the discerning traveller to discover regional produce, and Gien is no exception. The town has crafted a fine reputation for the calibre of its pottery, in particular for its Faïence pottery. Production began when Thomas Hall, an Englishman from Stoke-on-Trent who was intent on bringing high-quality English earthenware to France, established a factory in 1821.

In deciding to base his enterprise in Gien, Hall chose wisely, capitalising on the town’s physical amenities. The Sologne forest, which is in close proximity to Gien, provided a ready source of wood for the kilns. What’s more, the Loire granted access to markets throughout France (until water travel was superseded by the railways), in addition to providing sand and water for making clay.

While production continues to this day, the factory has also taken on a new guise as a museum dedicated to telling the story of the industry and shedding light on the making of these exquisite ceramics.

A Château Fit for Kings and Queens

There’s one more attraction that certainly merits a visit before you return to the hotel barge. Holidays in France are rarely complete without sojourning for a while at a château, and Gien’s has certainly welcomed its fair share of royal visitors. This elegant edifice was constructed for the use of Anne de Beaujeu, the daughter of Louis XI, in the final years of the fifteenth century. Future guests included Henri II and his wife Catherine de Médici, as well as Louis XIV, the famous ‘Sun King’.

Despite being bombed during World War II, the château was successfully restored. Since 1952, it’s housed a museum, which is dedicated to the most royal of pastimes: hunting. Through paintings, sculptures and an array of weapons and trophies from successful forays, the museum details how hunting and its depiction has developed through the centuries.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge holidays in France. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

How to Buy for Guy “No Want Anything”

How to Buy for Guy “No Want Anything”

Gift giving happens all year round for all kinds of occasions. Usually, the process is easy: the person is easy to buy, or they say they want to.

But sometimes it can create stress. Especially when the person says they do not want anything.

This can be even more complicated when the guy is a guy.

Do not worry Here are some steps you can follow to relieve stress and find a gift that will be loved.

First: Explain
Consider the man in your life. In the list below, the words that resonate?

outdoorsy
musical
techy
food enthusiast
intellectual
mechanical
traveler
athlete
sports fans
young
retired
middle aged
career changers
pass
father
grandfather
son
you
meaningful people
friend
leader
business owner
creative
reader
author
farmers or gardeners
chef
speaker
adventurer
funny
… add your own!
Second: categorization
Is this guy a man of the product or an experienced man?

A product man is someone who likes to play with stuff. He has the latest phones, fancy computers, lots of books, gadgets, toys and clothes.

An experienced man often donates goods, has limited wardrobe, and tells many stories.

Third: Identify your Budget
Hopefully, now you’ve found a description of your man and whether your search will be a product or experience.

Now you need to decide how much you can and want to spend.

For many, this equation depends on your relationship with this person, the occurrence or purpose of giving, and of course the size of your bank account.

If you are like all of us, funds are unlimited. However, a small budget does not necessarily mean giving small rewards to creativity, enjoyment, and appreciation.

Four: Get Creative and Use Your Tool
Search for it

type a description of your words
add “product” or “experience”
including your top dollar amount
If a typical Google search does not prove to be useful, http://www.getcoolitems.com has a “Sort With” tool that can provide additional layers of help by categorizing rewards as newest, hottest, popular, or random.

The point here is to make a huge list of options that you can browse and see what ‘click’ as a perfect gift.

Watching TV

Well, pay attention to something with a character that reminds you of the guy you bought.
Observe the activity that this character follows and enjoys
Observe the goods around their residence or workspace
Ideally, you get some ideas from a creative in Los Angeles that regularly create realistic environments and activities for this character.

If your person reminds you of Schmidt from The New Girl, your gift purchase will surely end in a different way than if the guy prefers Nick or Winston.

Create an Experience
So you do not use the word “product” in the description. Do not worry. For this person, you can create an experience for him, or even better, for both of you.

And, spending time with friends and family is actually quite healthy!

When planning an experience, it is important to consider the following:

Weather – no one wants to freeze on hot air ballooning
Long experience – if this person works 70 hours a week, multi-course dinners on weekdays may not fly
Remaining years – sports fans? Do not wait until the playoff to buy a baseball ticket, especially if your budget is tight
Level of comfort with the crowd – his favorite band came to town? Awesome! Does he hate the crowd? Choose the ticket location carefully.
Surprise or Plan? Some people love surprises. You can show up at their door tonight and shuffle it to an international destination and they’ll love it. Others will slam the door on your face and change their phone number.
Gift card

Who does not like gift cards? Yes, initially they can look like a mindless and unreal harvesting in the cash register at Target.

However, they can also represent a desire for a man you have little financial freedom to achieve something they are watching for some time.

Remember to keep an eye on his interests. If he is handy around the house or likes to the garden, Lowes gift cards or Home Depot make sense. But if he prefers gadgets or campers, other retailers may bet more.

And, if your recipient lives far away, many stores let you send emails to gift cards. This can be a simple and easy way to let your man know that you think about it.

Attention

Now this works best when you remember to start thinking

Feel the Thrill of a French Ryder Cup

Feel the Thrill of a French Ryder Cup

A Ryder Cup on the Continent is a rare thing. The last time the United States and Europe tussled on European soil was in 1997 at Valderrama Golf Club in Spain. That edition was a nail-biter, with the home team narrowly coming through by a margin of 14½ to 13½. Next year, however, the event will return to Europe once again: the Albatros Course of Le Golf National in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines will serve as the venue from 28 to 30 September.
To make the most of the upcoming Ryder Cup, 2018 will see European Waterways offering golf fans and Francophiles alike a wonderful opportunity: a chartered golf cruise through France and the chance to be at Le Golf National to watch the world’s best competing for the game’s most coveted trophy. Here’s hoping that the 42nd Ryder Cup will be just as exciting and dramatic the one in 1997!

 

Enhance your Game on the Renaissance

Whether you choose to embark before the tournament begins to get you in the mood or decide to join a charter after the final putt is made, the hotel barge Renaissance will make sure you have many opportunities to hone your own game. As Renaissance wends its way along the Loire, it will stop at a number of quintessentially Gallic courses, such as at Château Cely and Fontainebleau.

The Ryder Cup is always a special event, but we think that next year’s is going to be a particularly exceptional one. 2018 is going to be the year when our dedicated European golf cruise truly comes into its own.

Home Soil – A Home Win?

To get your appetite whetted in advance, here’s a preview of the Ryder Cup 2018. Having comfortably beaten the European contingent with 17 points to 11 at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota in 2016, the Americans, led by Jim Furyk, will be hoping to retain the Cup for the first time since 1993. Under the captaincy of Danish golfer Thomas Bjørn, Europe will hope that playing on home soil and the backing of the crowd will spur them on to wrest back the Cup.

As for the venue, the 18-hole L’Albatros is certainly a course befitting of such an illustrious competition. British golfer Lee Westwood encapsulated the thoughts of many of his fellow players when stating that it is his “favourite course in Europe” and that it “would make a great Ryder Cup venue”. Finished in 1990, it has acquired something of a reputation for its final 4 holes. The various water challenges to be found here are sure to test the mettle of players from both sides throughout the Ryder Cup – 2018 could see a real classic. There’ll be no such challenges for spectators, though, as L’Albatros is widely considered to provide one of the best viewing experiences in the world.

Paul Newman is the Marketing and E-Systems Executive for European Waterways, the UK’s most respected provider of all-inclusive, luxury barge holidays, which can be booked to coincide with unmissable sporting events such as the Ryder Cup 2018 or the tennis French Open. Part of a team of experienced barging aficionados, Paul is first in line to endorse the perks of a slow-paced barge cruise to anyone looking for a unique holiday experience.

Be Prepared: 5 Self Defense Tips Every Woman Needs to Know

Be Prepared: 5 Self Defense Tips Every Woman Needs to Know

Ladies, we’ve all been walking down a dimly lit street in the middle of the night, clutching our wallets, wishing we’d come home before someone came out from behind the bushes.

Feelings of vulnerability are arguably one of the most frightening things women experience. The worst part is we face it every day.

Knowing what to do in stressful situations can save you from experiencing something terrible. You can start by looking at this list of self defense tips.

Follow and watch. You never know when this suggestion will come in handy. If yes, you will be happy to be here.

1. Be Aware
The most basic and most important thing is to be aware of your surroundings. If you know what’s going to happen, you can be much better prepared than if you startled you.

Part of the awareness includes not walking with headphones or staring at your phone. It’s important to listen and see what’s going on around you, otherwise you make yourself an easy target. The footsteps that shuffle behind you may not bode well.

If you feel someone is following you, cross the street. If they still follow you, try to go to the store if you’re near home.

Also, do not be afraid to see someone’s eyes. This will make you look confident and fearless. This makes it very easy to identify the person in the list if needed.

2. Follow your Gut
If you feel insecure in the situation, trust your gut. It’s always better to be cautious than being a victim of violent crime.

The most common example where one refuses their hunches is when they try to rationalize something. The thing about intuition is that this is a learned feeling. Years of experience have made you believe that funny feeling means something bad might happen, so do not ignore it or brush it out as paranoid.

3. Fight Back
If you ever find yourself in a situation that turns violent, do not let fear paralyze you. This will make you very vulnerable to your attacker.

Next, find out how you can fight. If you choke, lift both arms up the side of the body and lower it, straight and fast to one side. Avoid grabbing your attacker’s hand and trying to pull it from your neck, this could endanger your breathing.

If you carry a self-defense device, use it. Pepper squirts your attacker the first chance you get. You do not want to be in a situation where you can not reach your device anymore.

4. Predicting Behavior
Another important part of self-defense is realizing when a person’s behavior can turn violent. Most attackers start by trying to gain your trust. They may try to lure you in a dark and empty place.

Do not fall tricks like this. Even if it is the most interesting person you’ve ever met in your life, stay vigilant.

5. Take Class
One of the best things you can do is take the class. Not only will it motivate you to stay fit, but will also teach you all the things you need to know to defend yourself. Feel safe and confident knowing this lesson, your best interests are at heart.

Ready for the Road: The World’s Most Epic Motorcycling Routes

Ready for the Road: The World’s Most Epic Motorcycling Routes

Is there anything quite like seeing the world glide by from behind your motorcycle helmet visor? Nothing but you, your buddies and the open road. The unbelievable rush of roaring along Route 66 at a tidy 75 mph beats a lazy beach holiday any day of the week.
For the ultimate rush of a roadtrip with just your bike, backpack and the road, give one of these epic adventure routes a go.

 

Route 66, USA

The mother of all road trips, this 3,939km route starts in Chicago and cuts through the country all the way to LA. Depending on how much time you have and what interests you the most, you could either drive a section of it or go the whole hog (on your hog!) and see the whole thing. It winds through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, and doing the whole shebang would take 3 to 4 weeks according to seasoned bikers who’ve lived the legend.

With our USA travel insurance, you’ll be covered for as much of the journey as you take. Spend some more time getting to know (and win big in!) Vegas, experiencing Death Valley and admiring the Grand Canyon.

The South Island, New Zealand

This stretch of land is just breath-taking. Expect to see awe-inspiring landscapes, forests, fjords, mountains and beaches along the way. The other-worldliness of the backdrop to much of the Lord of the Rings movies will be amazing to drive along to. Other bonuses of this route include the lightness of the traffic, the smooth tarmac road surfaces, and the incredible scenery really must be mentioned again.

Stop and enjoy the Franz Josef Glacier, revisit civilisation in the city of Nelson, relax on the shores of Lake Mapourika and visit the Aspiring National Park. These are just a few attractions on the 2,100km stretch of road.

The Transalpine Route, France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy

If staying closer to home with the added bonus of bringing you bike without a huge amount of effort, this is the route for you. Starting in Grenoble in France and winding 2,400km all the way through the Alps to end in Venice, Italy, you’ve got a couple of options when it comes to traversing the Alps with more easy routes right up to a couple of more challenging ones. Expect spectacular mountain landscapes, steep gradients and a hell of a lot of tunnels, bridges and viaducts. Don’t forget to bring a load of loose change for the tolls, and don’t miss out on the climb to the Stelvio pass!

Ruta 40, Argentina

At 5,301km this is one of the world’s longest roads. It starts in Cabo Virgenes in Santa Cruz and snakes its way up to Quiaca in Jujuy, with gorgeous views the whole way along the route which runs beside the Andes. This route cuts through or drives by a whopping 20 National Parks! With incredible scenery on offer as well as the chance to ride from the South to the North of this huge country, this route is rightly popular.

Whether you opt for New Zealand, the Alps, Argentina or the USA, travel insurance by Let’s Go Insure gives you the cover you need to make the most of your roadtrip without stress.

Drive carefully and to drive safely, keep to the speed limit. Always have the necessary documentation and safety gear at hand.

Why Your Medical Supplies Biz Needs a Quick Website

Why Your Medical Supplies Biz Needs a Quick Website

On the internet, there are two truths that should not be forgotten:

1.) Video cat has Youtube.

2.) Speed ​​is king.

Although both statements are absolutely true, only one applies to your medical supply business.

Search engines, in particular, Google, have changed search ranking rules for the past year. Before, if you had solid content and lots of links to your page, you’re good.

In the past, you simply posted a blog about polymemic pads and anyone who searched for them would find your page if you were an active site. Now, if your page does not load fast enough, it falls in the rankings.

This is especially true after mobilpocalypse, where Google decides that if your site is not mobile friendly, it will be downgraded.

What does this mean?

You should be quick.

There’s a good reason why Google does this step. According to their research, if a shopping or travel site takes more than three seconds to load, consumers will find other sites.

If you run a medical supply business, it can be disastrous considering the amount of competition that is out there. Simply put, the question of “why your medical supplies need a fast website” can be answered with two statements:

Customers leave you if you have a slow loading time.
We live in an age of instant gratification. What normally takes 45 minutes to make the oven takes 4 minutes in the microwave. It used to take 10 minutes to get to the internet using AOL. Now it’s just a matter of opening the laptop.

You have three seconds until your customer thinks something is wrong with your page or something’s wrong with you. Either way, the end result is that you lose money.

Customers will never find you because Google will bury your page if it’s slow.
In the online world, competition is everywhere. If you are looking for a product that sells your pages, there are almost certainly thousands of other pages that do the same.

The difference often goes down to where you are in the rankings. The results on the first page of Google search results get 91.5% of traffic. These customers have already purchased their goods without being aware of your existence.

Now You’re Left A Little, Come Talk About It Happy
No, not the cat video mentioned.

The good news is it’s easy to check your site’s performance. Run a speed test designed by Google, and get the results.

From there you can see your web page and find out what slows it down, then fix it. Get rid of unimportant images. Get rid of some HTML in the main page.

Minimize your JavaScript and JQuery code. There are some simple things you can do to fix the problem.

It may feel like pain or a lot of hard work. If you think of yourself thinking so, imagine your customers giving your competitors money.

The image itself should tell you why your medical provider needs a fast and efficient website.

Do not wait to get started!
Businesses that do not move forward fail. Often websites will be incorporated into the backburner because the mentality is “invisible, out of mind”.

Even if you have a brick and mortar store, your website can be the cornerstone of your success. It’s an advantage with much less overhead! If your site is your only store, there’s no reason not to fix this problem today.

Do not let anything be fixed like a slow loading time to frustrate your customers’ satisfaction.

Underwater Shipwrecks: The Most Dramatic of Dive Sites

Underwater Shipwrecks: The Most Dramatic of Dive Sites

Whether you’re a seasoned diver or just starting out, there’s an undeniable romanticism and sense of adventure around wreck dives that you won’t be able to get elsewhere. The excitement builds while you’re in a speedboat zipping through the immense expanse of blue, wind whipping your hair and you into a frenzy. Often you’ll not spot any signs of civilisation as far as the eye can see and then, suddenly, with all your gear securely in place, it’s overboard and underwater into a magical world where ghostly ship remains loom as if from nowhere, waiting to be explored…
If this sounds tempting, the reality is much better. Do these thrilling historical sites offering spectacular dives, stunning reefs and enchanting folklore call to you? Great: here are three of the best this fine planet has to offer.

 

Townsville, Australia

The Great Barrier Reef is the a fabulous dive site any diver worth their salt has explored, and this British-built luxury passenger ship which fell victim to a cyclone back in 1911 is arguably its crowning jewel. Teeming with marine life and a spectacular ship in itself, if you’re only ever going to take the plunge with one wreck dive ever then this should be a strong contender.

Grand Anse, Grenada

The Bianca C has become known as the Titanic of the Caribbean after it sank in 1961 due to a boiler room explosion and consequent fire which lasted several days. At 180 metres (600 feet) long, this is the largest shipwreck you can dive in the Caribbean. If you have your full wreck dive insurance certifications then you’re in for even more fun as you’ll have multiple chances to enter the wreck.

Chuuk Lagoon, Federated States of Micronesia

Are you on the hunt for a travel destination which boasts a true wealth of wreck diving options? Then look no further than Micronesia. This little section of paradise in Oceania is undoubtedly the place for you. In years gone by it was thought to be the most formidable of Japanese strongholds in the whole of the Pacific during WWII, and Chuuk Lagoon was completely devastated after an American attack on the base back in 1944. 249 aircraft, 32 merchant ships and 12 warships sank, with over 20 wrecks having been discovered since. You’ll be like a kid in a sweetshop deciding which dives to do — some of the most popular include the 500 foot (153 metre) Shikoku Maru and the 440 foot (134 metre) Fujikawa Maru.

Mayday Mayday!

Not every travel insurance covers you for wreck diving, and some dive insurance won’t cover you below 18 metres. Let’s Go Insure’s dive insurance provides cover for up to 50 metres as long as you have the necessary qualifications. Get in touch with our team today to make sure your once in a lifetime dive insurance needs are met.

How to Make a Gaming Website That Make Money

How to Make a Gaming Website That Make Money

If you’re a gaming enthusiast who thinks of making money from your passion, you’re just a few simple steps to make it a reality.

Playing games has long been a favorite of the past for millions of people. And in the digital world today, making money from this hobby is easier than ever. All you need is a simple website and gaming knowledge that you can share with your readers.

Game sites are the best way to do what you love without spending much of your time.

No matter what your skill level is, delivering original value to visitors will definitely set you apart from other similar sites.

But do you know how to create a gaming site that will give you a passive income? Read on to find out.

How To Make A Gaming Website That Make Money
Write Interesting and Useful Content

The best and most efficient way to get your website noticed and visited is to write quality blog posts. Articles should be valuable to the reader and solve specific problems.

You can do reviews about your favorite games, writing about the game industry, guides, and travel guides.

If you offer free games on your site, consider making some of them pay, that players need to buy a code to access them.

Finally, consider the SEO aspect of your site if you want to rank well on Google.

Use YouTube Ads

YouTube is the most popular broadcasting platform in the world. And as a gaming lover, you’re in a perfect position to use it to monetize your site through their special game section.

For example, for each article, review or guide you post, create a short video to accompany him. Include actual footage of the game or step by step instructions.

Many people also love watching gamers play, so you can record yourself playing your favorite games and make money in the process.

Sign up for an Affiliate Marketing Program

If you post a game product review on your website, this is a great way to add multiple affiliate links.

The most popular affiliate program is Amazon’s, but you can sign up for others you like.

So every time you review something like the best router for ps4, you’ll add an affiliate link for all the mentioned routers. And if someone clicks on a link and / or buys a product, you will earn a commission.

Creating and Selling Digital Products

If you have an in-depth knowledge of the game industry or niche, you can make money by creating and selling digital products.

This can be an audio book, ebook or course on a particular topic. Although most information can be found on the internet for free, you collect it in one place and give instant access to your readers.

The Gnarliest Waves at Nazareé, Portugal: Not For the Faint-Hearted

The Gnarliest Waves at Nazareé, Portugal: Not For the Faint-Hearted

The little Portuguese fishing village of Nazaré is a surfing hotspot during the summer months, but in winter only the real thrill-seekers stick around. One of these is undoubtedly Garrett McNamara, the big wave big boy from the US, who in 2011 broke the record for the biggest wave ever surfed — and he smashed it right here in Nazaré.
Big Names, Bigger Waves

 

This monster wave measured 78 feet and in 2013 McNamara returned to Nazaré where he surpassed his own record, riding an absolute whopper estimated to be 100 feet tall. Later that year, Carlos Burle of Brazil conquered a wave that seemed even bigger, winning international recognition with surfers worldwide.

In 2014 Andrew Cotton from Plymouth followed suit, and is now known as one of the 4 surfers who have ridden the hugest waves around these parts. He started surfing when he was seven, so if you want to check out these waves you’re going to need a lot of practice or some pretty decent surf travel insurance…

Why Such Big Waves?!

Nazaré is such a Mecca for surfers because of its enormous waves, and these waves exist for our adrenaline-fuelled enjoyment thanks to the make up of its ocean floor topography. Just like Hawaii’s Banzai Pipeline, the Tahitian Teahupoo and northern California’s Mavericks (amazing surfing spots any surfer worth their salt know!), Nazaré’s ocean floor boasts a huge underwater gorge.

The Nazaré Canyon stretches 125 miles, starting barely half a mile from the shore and reaching way out into the abyssal plain of the Atlantic Ocean. At 16,000 feet, its unbelievable depth, coupled with its perfect positioning, helps to magnify the waves that approach the Praia do Norte beach in Nazaré. It’s because of this that almost every single day you can bear witness to monster waves up to 4 times the size of those found elsewhere along the coast.

Daredevils and Pros Alike: Surf Travel Insurance is as Essential as Board Wax!

It’s undisputed that tackling these waves is not for the faint of heart. Monster waves often move much faster than others, which forces boarders to get distance from the dangerous, frothy white water as fast as they can.

This kind of surfing is less about aesthetics than its tamer cousin: think extreme sport rather than showy carving, quick cutbacks and pretty floaters. This is about braving the aggro (bad weather), tough conditions and brutal waves while trying to remain upright and avoid reef injuries, wipeout, or even death…

While we wouldn’t recommend big wave surfing to those who aren’t pros, now is a good time to start planning your summer surf trip to enjoy the sun and sea at your (adventurous) leisure! Before you race off to enjoy the surf, travel insurance is a must-buy. Embrace the waves without the fear of monstrous medical bills should anything go wrong. You never know, with a little practice you could even be the next big name to be borne of Nazarés big waves! Surf’s up!

2017’s Hottest Hawaiian Real Estate Trends

2017’s Hottest Hawaiian Real Estate Trends

Did you know that Hawaii has the lowest real property tax in the United States?

Compared to New Jersey, the country with the highest property tax at $ 4.189, Hawaii’s $ 178,600 annual home tax is $ 487! The average American household spends $ 2,149 on property taxes for their home each year according to the US Census Bureau.

However, the average American household spends $ 2,149 on property taxes for their homes each year, according to the US Census Bureau.

Are you now interested in real estate in Hawaii? Read on to find out the hottest real estate trends in Hawaii this year.

Read on to find out the hottest real estate trends in Hawaii this year.

2017 Real estate in Hawaiian trend
1. The market is heating up

Hawaii leads in terms of home sales and maturity value.

Native Hawaiians move to new cities, make improvements or downsizing, while mainland buyers move to the island in full or secure seasonal vacation homes.

Thanks to a stronger economy, demand will continue to rise. Experts believe that more people will be interested in the Big Island and Maui in particular.

Maui is said to be suitable for outdoor enthusiasts, as well as those looking for a relaxing and family-friendly place to stay.

2. Sale of single-family homes and condominiums will continue to soar

By 2016, the average selling price of a single family home in Oahu hit a record high, reaching $ 760,000 in June. Meanwhile, condominium sales jumped 8.4 percent to 5,449 units sold compared to 5,028 units in 2015.

In Kauai, there are 568 single-family home sales in 2016, while an increase in condominium sales by 1 percent compared to that sold in 2015.

On the Big Island, there are 2,297 single-family homes sold last year and condominium sales jumped 6.6 percent to 707 sales in 2016.

Local market experts have a compelling reason to believe that this trend will continue to be strong for 2017.

3. Oahu luxury real estate sales go up

When it comes to real estate in Hawaii, it’s not just single-family homes and condos that see strong sales.

On Oahu, a total of 35 luxury homes were sold in January 2017, which were twice sold in 2016. Of these, 16 luxury properties sold for $ 1.5 million to $ 1.9 million, 12 were at $ 2 million $ 2.9 million price range, three are in the price range of $ 3 million to $ 3.9 million, and four are in the $ 5 million price range and above.

With the number of luxury properties in escrow by the end of January, strong sales are expected to continue in the coming months of 2017.

4. Mortgage rates will go up.

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates on mortgages by a quarter point in December 2016. From a low 3.5 percent to 4.25 percent for fixed-rate loan of 30 years, the mortgage interest rate has increased.

What does this mean? If you wait to see if prices will go down, you may want to quickly and lock in low interest rates when you can still do so.

5. Downsizing or right size?

In downtown Honolulu, more couples choose condos and sell their larger homes. Right size is said to be the best choice for couples whose children grow and fly the cage.

With today’s strong market, it’s a good time to sell. In addition, there are many activities such as walking and cycling in downtown and Chinatown, not to mention the booming food and art scene.